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Job Advert: Inclusion Officer

Blackpool FC Community Trust are looking for a new member of staff to join our vibrant and forward thinking organisation, which helps develop a range of opportunities for the people of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to improve their lifestyles, education and health.

The Community Trust is an independent registered charity that is looking to add another member of staff to the very successful Inclusion team.

The post holder will coordinate and deliver the PL Girls project in local high schools, colleges and wider community, to enhance the opportunities for females to engage in Football related activities.

The post will also support delivery across the Trust’s disability provisions, to support getting as many people as possible involved in physical activity.

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Please send your CV and a covering letter to explain why you are suitable for this role to Michael Brown by either of the following methods:


Post: Michael Brown, Senior Sports Participation Officer, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 30th September 2016, with interviews taking place on Wednesday 12th October 2016.

Job Advert: Physical Education Officer

Blackpool FC Community Trust are looking for a new member of staff to join our vibrant and forward thinking organisation, which helps develop a range of opportunities for the people of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to improve their lifestyles, education and health.

The Community Trust is an independent registered charity that is looking to add another member of staff to the very successful school sport team.

The post will deliver quality PE lessons in local primary schools to enthuse young people to take part in regular physical activity and to inspire and motivate teaching staff to continue their development of their P.E delivery to help raise standards within schools.

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Please send your CV and a covering letter to explain why you are suitable for this role to Chris Debar by either of the following methods:


Post: Chris Debar, Senior Physical Education Officer, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 30th September 2016, with interviews taking place on Wednesday 12th October 2016.

Traineeship Course

Traineeship Course

Blackpool FC Community Trust are running their second Traineeship Course for school leavers who have not achieved the desired GCSE grades to be able to progress on to FE course in Sports and people who are aged between between 16-18 and are not in education, employment or training.

The course provides work experience, working in different departments of a professional football club, assisting in the delivery of sports in schools, assisting in the delivery of Kicks and Walking football sessions and working within the private sports sector.  The trainees will be provided full tracksuit, shorts, tee shirts and rain jacket.

The course also provides the necessary tools to gain employment through Level 1 Employability Skills and Level 2 in The Principles of Sports Coaching. On completion of the course the Trainees can progress on to BTEC Level 2 in Futsal / Football studies with the Community Trust.

Enrolling now!

To enrol contact :

Colin King, Traineeship Officer    Email:       Telephone: 01253 348691

Time Change For Tiny Tangerines



Our Tiny Tangerine sessions will be changing times as of Saturday 17th September 2016.

New times:

  • Pre School Age Sessions (Ages 3-4)  9:15AM – 10AM
  • Reception Age Sessions (Ages 4-5)   10:15AM – 11AM
  • Year 1 Age Sessions (Ages 5-6)         11:15AM – 12PM

Bring your Tiny Tangerine along and increase their confidence and co-ordination by taking part in our fundamental football sessions in a fun and friendly environment.

BFCCT Support the Paralympic Games 2016

Blackpool FC Community Trust deliver a variety of disability and inclusion session within the Blackpool and Fylde area. The growth of the disability provision delivered by the Trust has developed massively in the last 16 months with more sessions than ever taking place, catering for impairments such as cerebral palsy, amputees, deaf, visually impaired, wheelchair users, moderate learning difficulties, specific learning difficulties among much more.

The Trust teamed up with Thats Lancashire TV to support the Paralympic Games 2016 with Inclusion Officer Owen Coyle sharing his views on the importance of the games and the importance of people tuning in to give the GB Athletes the deserved support.

Blackpool & The Fylde children to get heart-healthy


Blackpool FC project funded by national heart charity

Children in special schools across Blackpool and Fylde are set to learn how to live heart-healthy and active lifestyles thanks to a £10,000 grant from national charity Heart Research UK.

Blackpool football club’s Community Trust will aim to make a positive impact on over 300 disabled children and their families across seven special schools in the area when its year-long Family Fit2Go project begins shortly.

The Trust wants to create an active culture, including healthy heart education sessions, to year 9 and 12 pupils with messages they hope will also reach their parents, carers and siblings via additional activities.

It also hopes the sessions will:

  • Improve understanding of how the heart works and how to look after it
  • Increase awareness of the risk factors
  • Improve knowledge and a better attitude to healthy eating and exercise
  • Improve community cohesion

Family Fit2Go begins in September and run for a year.  The children and their parents will be questioned at the start and end of the project to measure changes in their behaviour and attitudes towards heart health and healthy eating and exercise. With support from the Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) the Trust will also encourage parents to have their blood pressure and cholesterol checked as part of the programme.

Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive of Blackpool FC Community Trust, said: “We are very excited to be working with Heart Research UK on this very important subject and working with young people with disabilities and their families to live healthier and longer lives.”

Heart Research UK National Director, Barbara Harpham, said: “Teaching children about healthy lifestyles and how to look after their hearts is very important because good habits learned at a young age will last them for a lifetime.  The close involvement of parents, carers and teachers with Family Fit2Go means that these important messages can be reinforced as well as shared.”

For further information please contact Chris Child – 0113 297 6207

You can also follow Heart Research UK on Twitter: @heartresearchuk or become a fan of our Facebook page:

BTEC Students – Back to work

This week Blackpool FC Community Trust welcome new and returning students to Bloomfield Road fresh from the summer break. The BTEC courses, which are part of an extensive range of education programmes which the trust offer, have proven to be a popular choice with the young people of Blackpool. 45 students are currently enrolled, with places still available for those who may still wish to enrol. The students who are studying BTEC levels 2 and 3 in sports coaching or football studies have a choice of two pathways to follow during their timetable:

Sports Coaching

The coaching students will participate in coaching workshops and work experience placements throughout the academic year to enhance their coaching skills, whilst also undertaking FREE coaching qualifications in a sport of their choice.

Football Studies

The students who choose the football studies route will train 3 times per week with FA and UEFA qualified coaches, whilst also taking part in the English Football Trust (EFLT) Futsal development league alongside an 11 a side games programme.

The students started back on the 5th September and our teachers and coaches soon got them back into the education routine. Over the course of the induction week, students have participated in classroom based sessions, individual and team photo’s, coaching workshops and pre season training to get them ready for the upcoming football and Futsal fixtures which start next week.

Our new Senior Education Officer Mark Whalley said “Its been great to see all the new and returning students attend the induction week, and looking smart in their brand new training kit. The staff and students have had a busy week, with plenty of practical workshops in place to ease them back into the academic year. We are looking forward to another successful year in the classroom and on the playing field.”

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Local MP Gordon Marsden gets in sporty spirit at Blackpool FC Community Trust Summer Camp

With the Olympic Games now over, local MP Gordon Marsden has been getting in the sporty spirit at one of the annual summer camps organised by Blackpool FC Community Trust.
He was invited to Hawes Side Academy, and like the successful stars of Team GB in Rio, the Community Trust has exceeded all its expectations with hundreds of local children attending the camps throughout the school summer holidays. 
Gordon was shown around by Marc Joseph, the Trust’s Senior Health and Education Officer and chatted to some of the children, who were playing football, dodgeball and a number of different activities.
He said: “It was great to be outside in the sunshine and see all the children enjoying themselves and getting involved in the camp. At Hawes Side, they were expecting around 70 youngsters but they have far exceeded that with some days having up to 140 children attending. 
“Like our Olympic stars, the summer camps are proving more and more successful each time – that is a testament to the enthusiasm and hard work of all the staff at the Community Trust. The wide range of activities mean all the children taking part are having a great time and they take away a lot from it.”
Gordon said he was pleased to see the Community Trust working in “cooperation” with schools such as Hawes Side Academy, as well as others in the town to help make the summer camps the success they were.
Along with the more traditional sporting activities, the children, including Gordon tried their hands at some circus tricks with Yuri Gridneff from Blackpool Circus School. It was a case of déjà vu for the local MP, who in the past volunteered with Yuri and some of his circus activities.
Gordon said: “It was a nice surprise to see Yuri again and you could see the fun the children were having from learning the circus tricks. I had a go myself and it took me back to the time when I did some volunteering with Yuri.”
Gordon, who is also Labour’s Shadow Minister for Skills also spoke to a couple of the camp’s volunteers, who were helping out as part of BTEC Qualifications they were doing with the Trust.
Marc Joseph, the Trust’s Senior Health and Education Officer said: “We were pleased for Gordon to see the Sports Camps in action and hear about all of the other great work that Blackpool FC Community Trust are doing to make opportunities like this available to everyone in the town.
“The Summer Camps are an excellent provision for the people of Blackpool. The camps offer affordable childcare for 5-14 year olds at just £10 per day; from 8 o’clock in the morning until 5pm each evening; throughout the school holidays.”

BFC-CT develop first EVER Junior Amputee Football Team

Blackpool FC Community Trust have been working in partnership with the English Amputee Football Association (EAFA) to develop the first grassroots amputee specific football team for U16’s.

The team took part in the ‘One City – Tom Jordan Memorial Cup’ on Wednesday 10th August 2016 at Manchester City’s state of the art CFA. The tournament welcomed teams from across the country with players who had a range of impairments such as Cerebral Palsy, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Specific Learning Difficulties, Deaf and Visually Impaired along with BFCCT’s very own Amputees.

The team so far is made up of six individuals who have a range of amputations or congenital deficiencies, the players who have lost their missing limbs through traumatic accidents, birth deficiencies or illness such as cancer.

Jamie Oakey (Blackpool) was born with his foot missing and was the captain of the side on Wednesday. His mum Elaine said: “Jamie was born with his foot missing, they spotted this on my 29 week scan and told me he was one in a million to be born like this.

“Since Jamie has been attending the Blackpool FC Community Trust sessions his confidence has grown massively and he’s always dreamed of playing football regularly and competitively which he will now get the chance to do, its amazing.”

The team is the first of it’s kind as Amputee Football in England is currently growing and developing but there is still a lack of provision for juniors (U16’s). The EAFA have been working hard over the past year and have recently created a ‘GB Junior Squad’ which is for selected amputee junior players to attend and train at a more ‘prestige’ level, apart from Ireland these were the only two Junior training sessions in place throughout the world.

Blackpool FC Community Trust started to work in partnership with EAFA to create the first junior ’TEAM’ which would give a host of children the opportunity to play football in a fun, regular and competitive environment which is the first of it’s kind not only in England or Europe but in the World!

The team played against different opposition in their first outing including Sheffield Wednesday Pan Ability, Aston Villa Pan Ability, Manchester City Pan Ability and Rotherham Pan Ability. They played four matches just missing out on the semi final stage but scoring 6 fantastic goals in the process. It was a huge achievement for the youngsters.

The team will now enter their first league competition in September as they get ready to take part in the Lancashire FA Ability Counts League, which BFCCT already has a number of disability teams competing in.

Inclusion Officer, Owen Coyle, said: “This is a fantastic addition to our disability programme. It’s wonderful to know we are helping to change these youngsters’ lives and also to host the first ever competitive junior amputee team is incredible. Thanks to EAFA for their support and we are really excited to see how the programme develops.”

Well done to Jamie Oakey, Ben Tierney, James Middlehurst, Teejay Stainer, Liam Brittles and Cody Rayner who were part of the tournament team on Wednesday.

If anybody would like to participate in our disability programme please contact

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Player Visit – Boney & Slocombe

Myles Boney and Sam Slocombe visited Unity Academy Blackpool on Thursday to meet and speak to the children of the summer sports camp run by the Blackpool FC’s Community Trust.

The Blackpool FC goalkeepers were challenged as the children asked them various questions varying from how they came into football, what they would be if they weren’t footballers and what their predictions are for the current season.

The players signed lots of cards and football shirts for the children and then posed for a few photos which can be seen on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Our Summer Sports Camps are running all summer through to the 2nd September at three different schools: Hawesside, Unity and Norbreck. The Camps start at 8am and finish at 5pm for children aged 5 – 15 years of age. For more details ring us on 01253 348691.